Celebrating its 50th anniversary, enjoy a great day out at the Southampton Boat Show from the 14–23 September 2018. Experience something new, learn from the experts and get out on the water free, with the Show’s signature attraction Try A Boat. Plus, compare and explore almost 1,000 boats, see new models, brands and products including the most prestigious marine brands, from Britain's iconic names to international favourites. Immerse yourself in new attractions as well as old Show favourites.
Come visit MDL Marinas on Stand E52, overlooking the marina. Freedom Berthing members will, as always, benefit from our exclusive hospitality in our customer lounge, free parking at Ocean Car Park, guest speakers and one of the best views at the Show!
Organisers and exhibitors recently welcomed a record 1,600 people to the Hamble Boat Show, held at MDL’s Hamble Point Marina. Each year, the free event celebrates the start of the boating season and brings together boating enthusiasts and members of the local community for an action-packed family weekend on and off the water.
This year’s show attracted a high number of quality exhibitors, including SBS, Rib Shack Marine, Cornish Crabbers, Marco Marine and HeliAir. The event is renowned as being one of the South’s most popular new and used boat shows, showcasing boats for all budgets, from day boats to sports boats, cruisers and RIBs.
A family friendly event, visitors were able to enjoy on-water displays and many more took advantage of the opportunity to actually get out on the water and take RIB rides in conjunction with C2 RIBS and the RYA Active Marina Programme. Hambledon Wineries also reported a great show with strong sales and the Coffee Cruiser saw a solid demand for refreshments throughout the weekend.
Visitors to the show also took advantage of the Distress Flare Amnesty that was run in conjunction with the Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit, and nearly 1,400 out-of-date flares were handed in between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 17th May.
Nic Parton, Manager of Hamble Point Marina, commented: “This year’s Hamble Boat Show has proved to be another resounding success. We have had very positive feedback from both visitors and exhibitors. Visitor numbers were significantly up on last year, no doubt helped by the weather and also the impressive list of exhibitors we attracted. The exhibitors also reported a good show, with many securing sales and gaining strong new leads. A number of companies have already voiced their commitment to next year’s show.”
The show is part of the BMF's "On the Water" initiative, which aims to encourage the nation to get out on the water.
The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. This year the event takes place on Saturday 2nd July. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.
Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.
Hamble Point Marina is the closest mainland marina to the start line and is a very poular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid dissapointment. Alternative berths can also be found at our sister locations at Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour.
If you are looking for a fantastic event to attend this spring with family and friends, then you need look no further than Hamble Boat Show. Taking place at Hamble Point Marina on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2015, this event is renowned as being one of the South’s leading new and used boat shows – attracting some great brands in a beautiful location and offering a fun day out.
With free entry for all, Hamble Boat Show offers the perfect opportunity to see new products and services, speak to expert brokers and find out more about the on-site marina services. Hamble Point Marina is home to the largest selection of boats for sale onshore and afloat and this only expands during the event – with even more great brands showcasing and offering sea trials on a number of new models.
The show will once again be part of the BMF's "On the Water" initiative, which aims to encourage the nation to get on the water. Visitors will also be able to enjoy on-water displays, take part in informative workshops in conjunction with the RYA Active Marina programme, as well as see how easy and convenient it is to use the dry stack services at the marina, with regular demonstrations taking place. Refreshments will be available from the Ketch Rigger bar and restaurant throughout both days, where visitors can enjoy a quick bite to eat, a long lunch, or just a delicious cup of coffee. Parking will be free all weekend.
Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies, and Hamble Point Marina are offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners on Sunday 17th May between 10am and 3pm.
There will be official launches of these exciting new boats:
A number of fantastic exhibitors have already signed up for the show including Hamble-based yacht brokerages SD Marine and MGM Boats; hands-on sailing experience provider, Blue Box Sailing; training provider Sail Power Courses; children’s clothing retailer, Little Waterproofs; Hambledon Wineries Ltd; and international wine specialists, Pieroth.
Exhibitors are from a variety of sectors, and alongside a fantastic array of boats for sale previous shows have also included car, food and drink, clothing and lifestyle brands.
For more information, visit www.hambleboatshow.co.uk. If you would like to exhibit at this year’s show, contact Nic Parton at Hamble Point Marina by calling 023 8045 2464, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies, and Hamble Point Marina are offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners on Sunday 15th May 2016, which conincides with the second day of the Hamble Point Boats on Show.
The disposal of out-of-date flares is a growing problem for boat owners who face severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures.
Come down to the marina between 10am and 3pm to dispose of your flares safely.
Europe’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, recently partnered with UK charity water brand, One Water, to provide its customers with a gift that will not only help to save lives in Africa’s developing countries, but also keep them hydrated whilst afloat this summer.
MDL purchased over 5,000 1.5 litre bottles of One Water to send out to their customers in special water cooler bags, ahead of the new boating season. As well as being the perfect practical gift for a long day out on the water, 100% of the profit generated by One Water’s bottled water is donated to bringing safe, sustainable water supplies to communities across Africa.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing for MDL Marinas, commented: “We are really pleased to have collaborated with One Water to give our berth holders a renewal gift that will help transform lives. We feel there is great synergy between our two organisations and hope the water we purchased will help make a real difference.”
Since launching 11 years ago, One Water has raised more than £11 million and changed the lives of 2.7 million people, funding water programmes in countries such as Malawi, South Sudan, Angola, Kenya and Niger. Ian Spooner, Marketing Director at One Water, commented: “Teaming up with a prestigious marina organisation such as MDL Marinas provides an excellent way of informing an audience, which is passionate about water, about the global water crisis, and how they can help.”
If you would like to help this hugely worthwhile cause, MDL has set up their own JustGiving page. Alternatively, you can donate to One Water by simply texting MDLM47 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070.
For more information about One Water and their life changing work, visit www.onedifference.org/projects.
MDL Marinas will once again be exhibiting at the CWM FX London Boat Show, taking place at London’s ExCel from 9th – 18th January 2015.
In what is the 61st year of Europe’s first ever boat show, the CWM FX London Boat Show promises a fantastic experience for all - whether you have a love of getting in or on the water or would like to try it for the first time, or if it’s boats, equipment, training or technology that captures you’re interest, the show will not leave you feeling disappointed.
If you’re heading to the show, come and visit the MDL team on stand AO13 to find out what’s coming up for MDL Marinas in 2015. You’ll also be able to enter our fantastic competition to win a free berth!
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director for MDL Marinas, commented: “The MDL team is looking forward to a busy CWM FX London Boat Show. There will be lots going on at our stand - AO13, including a brilliant opportunity to win a free berth at any of our 19 UK marinas so do stop by and say hello if you’re going along. We look forward to seeing you there!”
For more information on what’s on offer at the CWM FX London Boat Show 2015 or to buy tickets, visit www.londonboatshow.com.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!
Hamble based Britannia Corporate Events organises and runs a number of industry sailing regattas throughout the year in the Solent. Not only are these fantastic for industry networking as well as great fun, they also raise valuable funds for their nominated charities.
Through these events in 2014, Britannia is delighted to announce £142,200 has been raised for 13 different good causes.
The EMC Silicon Cup regatta for the IT industry raises funds which are divided across the NSPCC, Dreams Come True and Jubilee Sailing Trust.
The O2 Think Big regatta for the Telecomms industry supports its own Think Big charity, which helps young people to realise their dreams and bring their product and business ideas to life. Each sailing team had a Think Big beneficiary on board to explain the personal difference it made to them.
Many of the charities use sailing for rehabilitation or respite care, such as Sail 4 Cancer which supports cancer sufferers and their families, and Toe in The Water who use competitive sailing to re-inspire and support injured service personnel.
Cathy Jenkins from Sail 4 Cancer comments “We are so grateful to Britannia and the Legal Cup. The support has made a difference and you are part of a very special group of people who have helped us offer much needed respite to families and individuals going through an incredibly difficult time in their lives.”
Polly Dawson from Toe in the Water adds “We don’t receive any statutory funding and therefore rely entirely on events like this, private donations and corporate grants. So to have the support of all Britannia and the Energy Regatta is immensely important to us, so thank you again!”
Charlie Williams, Managing Director at Britannia comments “Raising money for charity is an integral part of our sailing regattas. Each year we look for new ways to grow the charity element and we look forward to supporting these great causes again in 2015.”
If you would like to take part in 2015, or to run a regatta to help support a charity close to your heart or aligned with your business, please contact Britannia Corporate Events by emailing Sharon@britanniaevents.co.uk.
MDL berth holders celebrated the Christmas season in style last week, when they took part in MDL’s tenth annual pre-Christmas mini cruise to the historic city of St Malo for a festive weekend away.
Held each year especially for MDL’s Freedom Berthing members and their families, the cruise is a joint collaboration between MDL Marinas and Brittany Ferries and gives berth holders from across MDL’s marinas the chance to socialise and enjoy the festive period together.
This year, 335 MDL customers took part in the cruise, along with their friends and family – including berth holders from MDL’s Sant Carles Marina in Spain!
The ever-popular cruise took place on Friday 12 – Sunday 14 December and headed to the picturesque region of Brittany aboard Brittany Ferries’ flagship cruise ferry, the Pont Aven. The group enjoyed a two night stay in ensuite cabin accommodation, a drinks reception, and a splendid meal on Saturday evening.
The trip gave the group plenty of opportunities to visit the beautiful city, whether it was walking the bustling streets, exploring the Chateau de St Malo or the Grand Aquarium, or taking in St Malo’s exquisite shops to stock up on Christmas ‘essentials’.
Mike Smith, organiser of the trip and Manager at Torquay Marina, commented: “This year’s MDL pre-Christmas cruise was a great success! The trip was sold out and our group had a wonderful time exploring St Malo and doing some Christmas shopping. The cruise has become a Christmas tradition, which gives MDL berth holders from across our marinas the chance to get to know one another better in a relaxed setting and to enjoy the festive season together.”
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